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Posted on: December 19, 2011 2:38 pm
Edited on: December 19, 2011 4:13 pm

Juan'ya Green filling it up for Niagara

Jeff Borzello

Two years ago, if someone had said Juan’ya Green would be averaging nearly 20 points per game for Niagara as a freshman, it would have sounded pretty surprising.

Not that he was averaging 20 a night, but the university.

During Green’s junior year of high school at Archbishop Carroll (Pa.), he had offers from Temple, Maryland, Villanova and others, with interest coming from plenty more ACC, Big East and Big Ten programs.

Then Green got injured and schools slowly began backing off.

“It was kind of frustrating,” Green said by phone. “After I got hurt, I tried to work my way back up.”

Niagara continued to go after the prolific Philadelphia guard, and it paid off in a major way. Green chose the Purple Eagles over Temple and VCU.

Green and fellow Philadelphia product Ameen Tanksley wanted to play together, which was perfect for Niagara.

“I just went with what my gut was telling me,” he said.

Green, a powerful 6-foot-3 guard, ranks second in the country in scoring among freshmen. He’s averaging 19.9 points, while also dishing out 3.2 assists and grabbing 3.3 rebounds.

Everyone knew a player of Green’s talent would be a huge asset right off the bat for head coach Joe Mihalich, but this start surprised everyone.

“I just expected to get a lot of time and play hard all the time,” Green said. “I think I’m playing good, but I could get better at things.”

The most impressive part of Green’s season so far is his minutes played. He has played at least 34 minutes in every game, reaching 39 or more minutes on five occasions. Not surprisingly, he leads the nation’s freshmen in minutes, with 37.6 per game.

That would be great for any player, but it’s even more eye opening for a newcomer.

“I’m not sure [how I do it]. It’s very tiring,” Green said with a laugh. “I got used to it. I go as hard as I can in practice. It gets me prepared for games.”

Green is obviously making the most of his time at Niagara so far, and also sending a message to some of the schools that stopped pursuing him in high school. He totaled 60 points and eight assists against the two best teams in the MAAC, Iona and Fairfield.

He said he does have a bit of a chip on his shoulder when playing against BCS-conference teams. Niagara faced Missouri earlier this year, in a game where Green struggled offensively.

“I think it’s a little motivation playing against these schools,” Green said. “You backed off of me. I’m going to show you why you should have taken me.”

Niagara has gotten off to a rocky start so far this season. The Purple Eagles are 4-7 after a home loss to Drexel last week, but did hang tight with Fairfield, Buffalo and South Dakota State before falling.

In Green, Niagara has the type of player who could put the team on his back for a stretch.

“I just want to get a couple more wins,” Green said. “We need to come out with energy.”

Can he keep up his current scoring and stamina?

“I hope so.”

So does Niagara.

Photo: US Presswire

Posted on: December 15, 2011 2:33 pm
Edited on: December 15, 2011 2:43 pm

Freshman of the Year: B.J. Young makes his move

Jeff Borzello

With finals week taking place across the country, it’s been a relatively slow week of college hoops. However, we did see a No. 1 vs. No. 2 meeting over the weekend, at least in terms of freshmen. Neither Anthony Davis nor Cody Zeller had their best game of the season, but Davis still managed nine rebounds, while Zeller had 11 points, seven boards – and the win. Other players continue to perform well, while some guys are slowing down after getting off to a hot start. As always, the Freshmen of the Year rankings will be released on Thursday, along with the Player of the Year rankings.

1. Anthony Davis, Kentucky (Last Week: 1)
He’s the only freshman on Goodman and Parrish’s POY rankings, so he’s tops here. Second among frosh in boards, first in blocked shots.

2. Cody Zeller, Indiana (Last Week: 2)
Some point to the day Zeller committed to Indiana as the true start of the Hoosiers’ turnaround. That was cemented in Saturday’s win over UK.

3. Michael Kidd-Gilchrist, Kentucky (Last Week: 4)
Kidd-Gilchrist continues to be productive in a variety of ways. He had 18 points and nine rebounds against the Hoosiers, also blocking two shots.

4. B.J. Young, Arkansas (Last Week: 7)
Young is lighting it up offensively. He’s shooting 51.0 percent from the field, 48.5 from 3 and is averaging 16.5 points in just 23.9 minutes.

5. Brad Beal, Florida (Last Week: 3)
Had slowed down last week with back-to-back single-digit scoring outputs, but he bounced back with 18 points against Rider.

6. Austin Rivers, Duke (Last Week: 5)
Before fouling out against Washington over the weekend, Rivers had dropped 18 points in 25 minutes. Also dished out a solid three assists.

7. Maurice Harkless, St. John’s (Last Week: 8)
Could be the most productive all-around freshman in the BCS leagues. With Nuri Lindsay gone, Harkless’ numbers might even increase.

8. Thomas Gipson, Kansas State (Last Week: NR)
Looks like Gipson took offense to being left out last week; he’s notched two straight double-doubles, averaging 20.5 points and 11 boards.

9. LaDontae Henton, Providence (Last Week: 9)
In terms of freshmen in BCS leagues, Henton is an iron man; he’s averaging 36.5 minutes per game. Averaged 17.0 and 9.5 in last two.

10. Juan’ya Green, Niagara (Last Week: NR)
This week’s under-the-radar player to highlight, Green is averaging 19.9 points per game. Expect more on him next week from us. 


  • The two guys who dropped out of the rankings were Quincy Miller of Baylor and Maine’s Justin Edwards. Miller has scored in single digits in three of his last four games, while Edwards struggled against San Diego, scoring four points.
  • Trey Burke was the last one out. The Michigan point guard is averaging 17.5 points and 8.0 assists in his last two games.
  • Other guys who narrowly missed the rankings: Washington’s Tony Wroten, Georgia’s Kentavious Caldwell-Pope, Texas’ Myck Kabongo and Mississippi State’s Rodney Hood.
  • Getting a lot of reaction on Twitter from Otto Porter supporters. The Georgetown forward doesn’t have the numbers of some of the other players, but he’s efficient and has been something of an unsung hero for the Hoyas.
  • Stephan Hicks of Cal State Northridge was someone that caught our eye this week. The 6-foot-5 wing is putting up 17.5 points and 8.5 boards per game.
  • The top freshman rebounder is Oakland’s Corey Petros (11.3 rpg) and the top assist man is Sacramento State’s Dylan Garrity (6.3 apg).

Photo: US Presswire

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